Omaha Volleyball had a rough opening three games this weekend at the Iowa State Challenge. UNO dropped every set played in losses to New Mexico, Iowa State and Kent State.
Senior Sydney O’Shaughnessy, who recorded a double-double on 23 assists and 12 digs against Iowa State, believes that this team has a lot of potential despite the tough first weekend.
“Overall I have so much confidence in this team and what we can do this year; We just have to learn how to play with each other,” she said.
Some of the reason for the learning process has to do with the freshman who are being called on to play heavy time in their first year. Claire Mountjoy, the only freshman libero, had double-digit digs in each game of the season so far. She was also named to the all-tournament team. If she can maintain that poise and confidence, the Mavericks success will surely come around.
Still, even with the three losses, O’Shaughnessy loves the team’s relentlessness.
“We just never give up, and the freshman have been playing phenomenally.”
It is still three weeks away before the first home game at Baxter Arena for the Mavericks, but the team will be in action seven more times between then. The Hawkeye Classic will be the Mavs next test. They will take on Iowa on Sep. 1, followed by two games against Indiana State the following days.
The key to getting a win for the Mavericks will be in their early sets. The Mavericks only won 9 points in their first set against Iowa State, but kept it very competitive the next two. O’Shaughnessy thinks the key to victory will be starting off strong.
“We need to push ourselves to move faster so we are ready by game time; right now we are waiting to play our game until the second set,” she said.
Another freshman, Anna Blaschko had three blocks to lead the way at the net. Mackenzie Horkey also had eight kills and eight digs herself.